I am planning my first trip to LA, and I generally use VRBO or Home Away to book lodging because I prefer a more homelike setting to a hotel. I have had great experiences across the country. However, with LA covering such a vast area, I would like advice on safety and convenience. Looking in Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Burbank, Glendale. I assume these would be relatively safe. I am planning on going to the BCS championship game in Pasadena and want to make sure there is reasonable access to public transportation, such as the Metro Line, in these areas as well because as I understand it, traffic is horrific! Any advice will be appreciated!